Barry Ryan insists that his relegation to the St Patrick’s Athletic bench over the last few weeks is indicative of the strength of Johnny McDonnell’s squad at Inchicore.
Ryan was replaced between the Pat’s posts by Brendan Clarke while he was serving a three-match ban for a sending off against Bohemians, but failed to regain the number one spot when his suspension had expired.
However, Ryan has been restored to the Pat’s side for Sunday night’s crucial eircom League clash with Cork City [Live on Setanta Ireland] and he says that the few weeks kicking his heels on the sidelines will give him a renewed appetite over the remainder of the season.
“The boss’s decision was probably the bit of a kick that I needed to keep me on my toes,” Ryan told the Irish Daily Star.
“There’s real competition all over the side now and that applies to my position.
“Nobody can afford to think if they play poorly for a few games that they can then turn it on in the third match and think their position will still be there for them.
“Brendan is a top class ‘keeper who has improved by each season. He has always been a challenge to me but I think he is playing better than ever now.
“He is well capable of keeping clean sheets as he has proved, while he also boasts that extra experience,” Ryan added.
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